|Reviews for Storm Harvest
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|A View to a Krill, or a Coralee Thrill!
|EDL Foster, Invercargill, New Zealand
|Wednesday 28 August 2002
This is the second Seventh Doctor book I have read from the Perry/Tucker trio, and in my opinion, it ranks as probably the best ("Matrix" probably following a close second).
It follows traditional plotlines with a few surprises inbetween - for once, the Doctor is not looking for wrongs to right, and yet he and Ace choose a certain aquatic holiday planet for a vacation. A planet ripe with corruption, intrigue, action, and danger in the form of the engineered, parasitic Krill (apparently also seen on "Dust Breeding") - they would have been superb on the screen, yet probably would have scared the bejabbers off the viewers! A pox on those who once claimed that the Seventh Doctor lacked credible foes to battle!
As with "Matrix", Perry and Tucker further explore the idea of the normally manipulative Seventh Doctor not always being in control of events, as outlined in the subplot involving the Klingon-like Cythosi and their scheme to scientifically unleash the perfect killing machine against their Zithra enemies. The religious subplot involving the cultists and the ancient weapon totem was reminiscent of something you might view on the "Relic Hunter" TV show, and also provided another delightfully sinister subplot.
While the aforementioned "Matrix" primarily explored the concepts of the Doctor's past and possible future (did anyone spot the reference to the 1996 TV Movie?), this book superseeds it by additionally portraying a more personal insight into the comradeship between the Doctor and Ace, how it becomes more permanently stable, even after the terrifying interference of the Ripper (aka the Valeyard) in Whitechapel.
Overall, this sunswept beach/tropical weather/glorious ocean themed adventure is a book to enjoy and be proud of. Gung-ho, blockbuster material just seeps off the pages when you read it.
What do you think, James Cameron? This book has been compared to a cinematic masterpiece of your inspiration. Interested?
I can hardly wait for "Loving the Alien", if it promises to be much of the same quality.
|talking dolphins with cigars
|tom webster , London
|Sunday 23 January 2005
This is a stunning book. Mike Tucker and Robert Perry again have written something that rivals any other classic Doctor who novelisation (even Matrix). This book reminds me so much of the Alien films, the Krill aren't too Dissimilar to the Aliens either. The Cyothsi are scary too. Sigorney Weaver eat your heart out.
|Standard Doctor Who in Gory Detail
|David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
|Sunday 22 August 2021
After the experimental "Matrix," Perry & Tucker return to more normal Doctor Who territory with "Storm Harvest." Doctor 7 and Ace go on holiday to beach resort planet Coralee. What could go wrong? Well, apparently there was once an ancient civilization there that built a nearly indestructible bio-weapon called the Krill. No, not the tiny shrimp-things that whales eat. This Krill are individual mechanisms of pure destruction that cannot be reasoned with. It turns out that a race of rugby-player sized humanoids called the Cythosi have somehow learned about these Krill and want to reactivate them to use in their own war. The first two parts of the novel are the exploration parts, where The Doctor and Ace gradually uncover what is going on. The second two parts are the bloody denouement. It becomes one big gore fest driven by not one, not two, but three mad men (well one a Cythosi, one a dolphin, and one a Cythosi who thinks he's human, or sometimes not), each of whom want more or less total destruction of everyone else. I have some quibbles with some of the basic science that Perry and Tucker really ought to have known about, such as that nuclear reactors do not blow up, and probably in the far future, if they are still using nuclear reactors by then, the likelihood of blowing up would be next to 0. Another is that objects travelling in space do not arc. The novel has a number of interesting bits, and goes a long way toward straightening out the relationship between Doctor 7 and Ace. Still, the ending is too frantic, too desperate.